After an injury wrecked 2014 season the Mariners chose not to hand a rotation spot to Taijuan Walker, making the 22-year-old former top prospect compete for a gig.
Presumably he’s done enough to get the job, throwing 18 scoreless innings with a 19/4 K/BB ratio, including six shutout innings against the Cubs yesterday.
Walker also has a 2.89 ERA in 53 career innings for the Mariners–which is just enough to make him ineligible for prospect lists and the Rookie of the Year award–and has always dominated in the minors.
It’s a year later than expected, but it looks like Walker is ready to make a big impact in Seattle. And he’s still just 22.